A passion for coaching
and a fascination for the teaching potential of new technology led
former Wallaby, high school teacher and specialist backline skills
coach Barry Honan to launch DigiSport International in 1997.
Together with his then business partner David Ellis, a New Zealander
who shared Honan’s love of coaching and rugby, the pair spent
over 12 months producing the ground-breaking DigiRugby.
DigiRugby drew on the huge collection of computer inputs, videos,
and other data the pair had previously developed separately, as
well as the expertise of the best coaching talent of several leading
Since then Honan has extended the successful formula of assembling
the finest coaching expertise in a particular sporting field, distilling
the essence of their combined experience and knowledge, and using
the latest technology to enable the essential
elements of their success
to be easily shared by coaches and players around the world.
DigiCricket (a massive undertaking), DigiLeague, DigiNetball and Digibeach (beach volleyball) are other high quality multimedia sports knowledge products that
assemble the best of the best at an affordable price.
As well, the
DigiSport product range includes several rugby coaching videos that
simply, clearly and easily demonstrate to players and coaches alike
the essential skills of “the game they play in heaven”.
Before his injury cut short his playing
career, Barry Honan played 10 test matches for Australia in Rugby
Union, touring five countries.
Barry has been Director of Coaching
at three of Brisbane’s leading rugby schools, worked as a
development officer for the Queensland Rugby Union, coached some of the finest school teams in Queensland including the Queensland Schools team. Barry has made a lifelong study of the skills involved in the game and has worked with the numerous national and provincial teams including the Springboks, the Wallabies, Scotland, The Reds, The Sharks, the Stormers and the Bulls to name a few
In 1992 Barry released Rugby Skills Training (The Honan Drills), a manual/video coaching
resource that is being used in over 30 rugby playing countries. The Honan Drills is now also available in computer software format.
In recent years Barry has run coaching clinics in Japan, Hong Kong,
Singapore, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Scotland and Wales,
and is chairman of the internationally popular Gold Coast Rugby and Netball Carnival for school age teams held annually on Australia’s Gold